Childbirth – Family Birthing Center
Whether it's your first pregnancy or you're a delivery room veteran, you'll be treated to the best possible birthing experience at our modern facility. Birthing suites come with special touches such as whirlpool tubs, small kitchenettes, comfortable furniture and more. A quiet, candlelight dinner for two is the final celebration for parents before they leave the hospital.
The Family Birthing Center supports and encourages women in the natural process of childbirth and breast-feeding. Birthing partners are welcome to actively participate in the birth. Our practice offers nitrous oxide during labor if needed. Mothers decide on their own visiting hours and set their own pace before going home.
You and your baby will be cared for by our staff which includes physicians specializing in obstetrics, pediatrics and family practice, along with nurses certified in midwifery, obstetrics, childbirth education and lactation. You can count on quality personal care, combined with your family's involvement, in a medically safe environment. Working together with community agencies, nurses provide extensive education and support, along with a connection to local family and child resources. We also offer a variety of pre- and post-natal education and support programs for new families.
Childbirth classes are currently held monthly via Zoom due to COVID-19. Call 603-356-5461, ext. 2146 to join.
Breastfeeding Support Group
Our breastfeeding support group is also currently meeting via Zoom due to COVID-19. This free group is facilitated by a lactation specialist and is open to all mothers. Individual lactation appointments are also available. Call 603-356-5461, ext. 2146 to join.
Certified Nurse Midwives
A certified nurse-midwife (CNM) is a registered nurse (RN) who has graduated from an advanced programs accredited by the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM). In addition, nurse-midwives must pass a national certification examination and meet strict requirements set by state health agencies in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and U.S. territories. CNMs can work in clinics, hospitals or birthing centers. Some CNMs also work in private practices with physicians. The majority of deliveries by nurse-midwives occur in hospitals and birth centers. Nurse-midwives provide prenatal, postpartum, normal newborn care and routine gynecological care. While they are probably best known for how they help women during labor and delivery, they apply their philosophy of care in all settings and with women across their lifespan.
At Women’s Health at Memorial Hospital you have a choice of receiving your care either from our certified nurse midwives or from one of our board-certified physicians. Your initial visit will be scheduled with one of our midwives who will explain what you can expect during your pregnancy, perform a physical exam, and order any necessary laboratory or ultrasounds. As a convenience to our patients, we are able to obtain the necessary specimens for any labs while you are here in our office and send them to our laboratory for processing. The midwife will explain the difference in philosophies between midwives and physicians and you can then choose your caregiver who will follow you through your pregnancy, perform your delivery (subject to the on-call schedule) and your postpartum exam.
Infertility can be one of the most emotionally devastating experiences a couple can go through—which is one reason it has been a focus of our practice for over a decade. At least 10% of all couples experience infertility—that is, they’re unable to conceive or bring a pregnancy to full term after a year or more of regular unprotected sexual intercourse—while another 10–25% of couples experience secondary infertility, the inability to conceive a child after a prior pregnancy.
If you are having trouble becoming pregnant, we will develop a thorough history, take the time to counsel you, and discuss the treatment options that may be appropriate for you. These options might include a hysterosalpingogram to determine if your tubes are clear, a count of your partner’s sperm, the use of fertility medications or intrauterine insemination.